College of Business

Graduate Student Assistantships

  • Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Economics

  • The predominant form of financial aid is the assistantship which provides a modest monthly stipend and a reduction of tuition to in-state levels for international students. As the number of assistantships is limited, they are granted on a competitive basis. Applicants for these positions must possess quality research skills in order to provide valuable assistance to their assigned professor. Awarding of assistantships depends on the availability of funds for assistantships in the Department of Economics. If there are more applicants than positions available, assistantships will be awarded on the basis of GPA, test scores, and other factors such as previous work performance, training in economics, and satisfying the needs of the department.
  • It is expected that those who apply for graduate assistantships be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in economics. Those who apply must be able to operate basic research software such as MS Word and Excel. The Department of Economics stresses that its first priority is to students enrolled in the MA program in Economics. Lower priority will be given to graduate students in the College of Business.
  • According to The University of Texas at Arlington regulations, to qualify for an assistantship a student must also meet the following conditions:
  • Unconditional admission status (provisional or probational acceptance precludes eligibility);
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA must be maintained (probation precludes eligibility);
  • No other outside employment;
  • Satisfactory and timely completion of assigned tasks;
  • Satisfactory progress towards an advanced degree in economics;
  • A minimum of six hours in the summer and a minimum of nine hours of coursework per long semester;
  • The Office of Graduate Studies requires an applicant whose native language is not English to submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS. UTA does not require the TOEFL or IELTS for an applicant whose native language is not English IF he or she holds a bachelor or masters degree from a US institution; and
  • The student must possess a social security number. If not, apply for it immediately.
  • An assistantship is only awarded for the current semester and renewal of an assistantship depends on the availability of funding and previous work performance. Assistantships are awarded on a semester basis and will not be renewed if job performance is unsatisfactory. The Department of Economics does not hire research assistants.
    An assistantship is reserved for M.A. students in economics and dual degree students in which economics is the primary degree.
  • Return to Department of Economics, Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019. Return in person to suite 309, College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington.